AROUND 200 passengers travelling to Benidorm for a holiday were made to wait for 13 hours in Gran Canaria Airport.
Those affected by the delay were aged between 65 and 85 and part of one of the holidays organised by specialist pensioner travel organisers Imerso.
Many of those affected by the delay described their experiences to the Spanish media, with one of them saying it was “a long nightmare”. One 80-year-old traveller who was stuck in the airport’s departure lounge said: “It’s not fair what they’ve put us old people through. Most of us are over 80, and we were looking forward to a pleasant trip to begin our holiday.”
The majority of the passengers – residents of Gran Canaria – ended up waiting for between 10 and 12 hours before boarding the Evelop charter flight that is usually hired by national carrier Iberia. However, around 30 pensioners that came from Lanzarote and Fuerteventura to meet up with the rest of their travelling companions arrived earlier overnight and were at the airport for as long as 20 hours.
The 200 weary and elderly holidaymakers finally arrived at their destination in Benidorm at 2am, and apart from immediately making claims against the delay some also discovered some of their luggage had been damaged en route.
The delay was caused due to a technical issue with the aircraft.